Snowy Christmas Cabin

Good Saturday morning.  I have been looking forward to having enough time to create a project using the new Impression Obsession Large Cabin set. It is no secret that I love making scenes of all kinds but I think snowy holiday cards are my favorite. There are several parts and pieces to the cabin set and I had lots of fun putting them together. 

KC Impression Obsession Large Cabin 1 right

Instead of cutting the cabin pieces using brown cardstock I decided to cut everything in white and color using different shades of distress inks and mini applicators. When I was finished coloring everything looked dull to me so I applied versa and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This added a little more shine than I would really have liked but it really made the colors show well.  The cabin is large but still small enough to use on an A2 card front.  I cut several tree and crimped to add a little dimension.

Before I started assembling the card front I placed the card base and trees in the spatter cubby and added falling snow in the sky background and trees by splattering white gesso on with a toothbrush.  I know to really look uniform I should have spattered the cabin as well but I didn’t think the gesso would stick and dry on the embossing.

KC Impression Obsession Large Cabin 1 center

I assembled the cabin pieces using ATG adhesive, glossy accents and some rolled up double stick tape.  Before attaching the roof I tucked a section of the Icicle Edger underneath and I think it adds such a sweet touch to the cabin.  I applied glue to the roof and applied ultra fine white flower soft.

KC Impression Obsession Large Cabin 1 close

I embellished the porch, windows and door with sprigs of fir and 1/8” punched circles and added red stickles for sparkle.

KC Impression Obsession Large Cabin 1 side

Here’s a closer side view of the cabin so you can see the dimension created with the roof and porch banisters.  There is a really cut stone base in front of the porch but it got mostly covered when I added the front snow section.

KC Impression Obsession Large Cabin 1 left

The trees were attached to the scene with mounting tape.  The final touch was adding the star and applying yellow stickles for another touch of sparkle.  I wish I could be celebrating Christmas in that fun setting.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.50” X 4.25”

Impression Obsession “Feeling Blue” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession design team “Feeling Blue” challenge. I started my card for today going in one direction with lots of blue but somehow it turned into more of a “feeling white and blue” project.  This was supposed to have only one layer of snowy landscape with trees and houses but the big blue sky looked so empty.  And I have to admit that lots of times I am a “more is better” kind of designer.  LOL!  Anyway…I love how this simple white silhouette looks against the pale blue sky with the sparkly silver stars.  The addition of the tiny green and red embellishments on the front of the houses adds a sweet touch that also helps distinguish each house since everything is all white. The houses are made from the newly release Town Builder set, Hill Landscape Layers, Fir Tree Border, Sun and Moon, Fir Trees and Fir Sprigs set. 

KC Impression Obsession Town Builder 1 right

I started by cutting two sections of the Fir tree border.  One full border was used on the back row and and attached directly to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I cut the trees off the second one and attached them to the back of the snowy landscape layer for the front and attached to the card base with mounting tape. I like to mix the trees up to create a more natural looking scene.  I tucked the houses in behind the landscape layers and attached with mounting tape and then filled in with a few of the fir trees from the Fir Tree set.I cut a few fir sprigs, cut the tips of the branches off and attached them along with the tiny red 1/8” punched circles to the front of the houses with glossy accents. 

KC Impression Obsession Town Builder 1 center

Here’s a closer view of the houses and tiny Christmas decorations.  They are a little hard to see on my other photos.

KC Impression Obsession Town Builder 1 close

I finished the card by adding several silver glittery stars in the sky.  They look so much prettier in person. 

KC Impression Obsession Town Builder 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ellen Taylor

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card Size 5.50 X 4.25”

Shadow Box Winter Scene

Good Friday morning.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach a class to a group of craft store owners with Mitra Friant, owner of Impression Obsession.  Instead of teaching several different card projects for the class we decided it would be fun to create a dimensional scene to fit inside of a shadow box frame.  The project was made using the newly released Small Cabin, Hill Landscape Layers, Forest and Cardinals, along with the Small Deer Set,  Fir Trees and Small Fir Tree stamp. I’m going to list the same instructions below that I used for the class.  I hope you will be inspired to give a shadow box project like this a try.

Shadow Box

This is the scene out of the frame.

no frame

Project Pieces

Scene Base, Cabin Pieces, Hill Landscape Layers, Forest, Small Deer Set, Cardinals, Fir Trees, Small Fir Tree Stamp

The scene base to fit inside the frame is approximately 7.00” x 5.00”

Tools and Supplies

Distress Inks-Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Mini Applicator, Ink Blending Tool, Mounting Tape, Adhesive, Glossy Accents, Scissors, Black Marker, Acrylic Block, Liquid Applique, Heat Gun, Ruler, Tweezers, Pencil

Steps

1. Measure in ¼ inch on all four corners of the scene base with your ruler, mark and lightly draw lines all the way around with your pencil. The ¼ inch lined border marks off how to confine your die cut images to remain within the frame.

2. Gently sponge Tumbled Glass ink in the upper sky area using an ink blending tool. Use a light touch with the sponge so you won’t leave lines.

3. Decide where you want your highest hill section to be placed and lightly mark with your pencil so you will know how high on the base you want to stamp the fir trees. Stamp the fir tree across the upper portion of the scene base with Peeled Paint ink to create the appearance of a forest background. Make sure you stamp the trees low enough so that the trunk of the trees are covered with the hill section.

4. Apply Vintage Photo ink to the bare forest tree, cabin sections and deer using a mini applicator. Use a light touch with the base application of ink on the pieces so you can add darker spots to shade the deer back and antlers, lines of the cabin logs and trunks of the trees.

5. Assemble the cabin pieces. Using glossy accents attach the snow covered roof sections to the cabin and porch and the little snowy top of the chimney. Attach the chimney to the roof with glossy accents. Attach the window to the side of the house and the door to the front of the cabin with glossy accents. Attach the porch right in front of the door and attach with glossy accents.

6. Apply light touches of Liquid Applique to the die cut fir trees, lightly smooth it and spread it out with your finger to help avoid bubbles and then heat. Apply tiny dabs of Liquid Applique to the stamped treetops, lightly smooth with your finger and then heat. Be careful to keep your LA and finger smoothing within the lines of the tree so it doesn’t spread out to your sky area.

7. Use a black marker to apply markings to the beaks and tails on the cardinals.

Important note: You are ready to start adding the die cut pieces to the scene base. It is important to remember to keep all pieces within the lines of the penciled in frame so the scene will fit perfectly inside the frame opening when you are finished.

 

8. Each of the Hill Landscape sections will be attached to the scene with doubled up pieces of mounting tape to create dimension. Apply a small section of the double layer of tape to each end and lower center of each hill section.

9. Attach the tallest hill section to the scene base. Place it high enough to cover your stamped tree trunks. The bottom edge of your hill can be higher than the bottom edge of the scene because it will be covered with the other hill layers.

10. Continue adding the hill sections with doubled up mounting tape. Note that one of the mid-sized hills matches the cutting lines of the smallest hill section. You will want to make sure these two matching sections are divided by the other mid-sized section so the cut lines are all moving in different directions. Place your hill sections so the hills and valleys overlap some for interest. The second hill section in my example is almost totally hidden because I didn’t place it quite high enough.

11. Cut your forest section to create two trees. I chose to have one wider and one smaller to place on each side of the scene. When cutting the trees apart you may have to snip off a couple of the twiggy connected branches but it won’t be noticed. You will also need to cut quite a bit of the bottom of the trees off to fit in behind the hill layers. I used one of the lower twiggy branch sections to fill in in front of my left tree.

12. Cut thin strips of mounting tape and attach to a few places on the back of the larger trunk and branch sections, tuck them in behind the hills and attach to the base.

Note: Test place the die cut pieces in your scene and move them around until you are happy with the placement before you attach them permanently.

13. Decide where you want to place your cabin, apply mounting tape to the back, tuck in behind a hill and attach to the scene. I used a triple layer of mounting tape to the top part of my cabin and double layer to the lower portion. The amount of tape layers will need to be determined by where you are placing the cabin.

14. Decide where you want to place your die cut trees and deer now that you have placed your cabin. Attach to the scene with thin strips of mounting tape. Once again the layers of mounting tape will need to be determined by where you place them.

15. Apply a small dot of glossy accents to the back of the cardinals and attach them where you desire to complete the scene.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

House Shaped Card

Good Saturday afternoon.  My project today was made for the Inspiration Challenge and the inspiration site is a Placemat Pinterest site.   My house shaped card was inspired by  a red and white Quilted Mug Rug found here. For this project I used the House die, Door and Window set, Square House set, Arched Fence, Border Duo 1, Grass Border, Small Grass Border, Fir Sprigs and Tiny Flowers.  I love the red, white and green color combination.  It is the combination is use predominantly for holiday cards but is also so pretty for any occasion or style of card. 

KC Impression Obsession Birdhouse 9

I covered the front of the house with red paper attaching with ATG adhesive.  I cut a piece decorative border in white and then used the house shape to trace the angle of the roof and cut with my trimmer.  I crimped the roof, attached the little chimney with glossy accents and then attached to the card front with mounting tape. The door, steps and windows were attached to the base with rolled up double stick tape.  I wanted them to stand out away from the base a little but not as much as mounting tape would have.

KC Impression Obsession Birdhouse 9 left

The fence was cut to size to fit on both sides of the door entry and attached with thin strips of mounting tape. The flowers were attached to the grass border with glossy accents and then the  grass section was attached to the fence with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Birdhouse 9 right

I wanted to add another floral element to the scene so I added sprig of foliage and tiny flowers to the door and window for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Birdhouse 9 side view

Here’s a side view to show the backside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size: 5.25” x 3.75”

Another Home Sweet Home

Good Tuesday morning.  I recently received the new Memory Box Small Forest Archway and couldn’t wait to use it on a project.  I thought by adding some leaves and flowers it would create the perfect backdrop for a house scene.  I created the house and yard using the Impression Obsession Brick and Square House sets, Fence Border, Small Grass Border and Small Bird Set.  The leaves and flowers were made using the tiny flowers from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan Garden Notes Sunflower and the tiny leaves from the Country Scapes The Woods 1 set.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 5 right

I cut two sets of trees using kraft cardstock and cut one apart to create a third tree for my scene. I colored the trees with a brown Copic marker and then added brown ink using a mini applicator.  I cut several sections of the tiny leaves and flowers, formed the flowers with my stylus and molding pad  and attached them to the tree using glossy accents. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the  back of each tree and attached them to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 5 center

I assembled all the house pieces together using mounting tape and glossy accents and attached it to the card base using mounting tape. I added small branch sprigs and tiny flowers to the front of the house door and window attaching with glossy accents. I applied glossy accents to small sections of fence and attached on both sides of the house.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of two grass sections and attached in front of the fence.  I almost covered up the fence with the flower covered leafy branches but the scene looked so incomplete without the foliage height on both sides of the house.  I added the flying birds in the scene to fill a little of the empty space between the roof and trees and couldn’t resist adding a few more birds to the fence, chimney and tree branch. 

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 5 left 

I know I’ve created several house scenes similar to this but I just can’t seem to help myself.  I love the sweet cottage feel of the all white house with the sweet flower covered trees and flower garden. 

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Card size:  5.50 x 4.25”   

Garden Cottage

Good Sunday morning.  I have a cozy country garden cottage card to share with you today.  I love the brightly colored Authentique Treasure designer paper that I used for the background of the card and thought it would be pretty with an all white house in the foreground.  My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Brick House, Square House, Swirl Tree, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames, Leaves and Stems and Tiny Flowers.  The tiny window box flowers were made with a 1/8” circle punch.

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 4 left

I gathered all the parts and pieces of the house and assembled them using glossy accents, mounting tape an double stick tape.  I modified a second set of stairs to use as the window box by cutting of the third of three sections.  I attached tiny leaves to the back of the flower box with glossy accents. I formed the tiny 1/8” circles with the tiny tipped stylus and attached to the leaves with glossy accents. The box was attached to the house with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 4 center

The frame, swirl tree and house were all attached with mounting tape. I shortened six stems and attached three on each side with glossy accents.  I added the larger yellow flowers for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Brick House 4 right

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”